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by the presidential debate and the whole issue of what happened in benghazi on september 11th, what i call the myth of libya's ire -- ire veal -- irrelevance of u.s. policy. go back to the libyan's fate, one, the u.s. relations with lip ya has been, you know, u.s. has always looked at libya as something of a strange creature that we could use for certain -- as a piece, of a strategy that had to do with the region as a whole. it was never looked at -- it was never seen as an object in and of itself. could start with the relation of the soviets, the eisenhower doctrine, and the united states' desire to push back soviet influence. libya was desperately pleading for u.s. attention back then, for aid, to get itself together, to stand on its own feet. this was before the discovery of oil, and the u.s. took a, well, you know, you're not really important as e just a minute, for example, and, you know, we'll think about it, and the result was that the prime minister of the time, you know, basically devised a plan to court the soviets and see if he could grab the united states' attention, and that happened.
her response to september terror attack in benghazi, libya. get the latest from the chief white house correspondent ed henry. good evening. >> good evening. this is a dramatic shift. the president caving on someone who he really wanted to install as the next secretary of state. i'm told by the top democrats he has been agonizing over this, privately in recent days because he wanted to give her this promotion. we know in the first post election news conference the president very aggressively defended susan rice against the attacks from republicans on the hill. over whether or not she misled the public about benghazi. saying i have every confidence he is can serve our country now and years in come. we reported earlier today this the top democrats tell me they believe that susan rice is a contender to become the national security advisor here at the white house. the key that she would not need senate confirmation for the post. rice noting to letter to the president potential filibuster from republicans we cannot afford irresponsible distraction from the most pressing issues facing the am
benghazi, her reaction to the terror attack, whether or not she misled the public. >> best assessment we have today is that in fact, this was not a pre-planned, premade titted -- premeditated attack. >> i am more troubled today, knowing, having met with the acting director of the cia and ambassador rice. >> it was a pontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo, as a consequence of the video. >> the obsessive focus on ambassador rice's appearance on a series of sunday shows is misplaced and misguided. >> why did the administration pult her out there as the spokesperson? >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> susan rice should have known better. if she didn't know better, she's not qualified. >> but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation, based on intelligence that she had received that bemimped her reputation is outrageous. >> i am more disturbed now than i was before that the 16th of september explanation about how four americans died
on the attacks in been gauzy -- in benghazi. they talk about implementing recommendations. this is one hour 45 minutes. >> the hearing will come to order. >> my apologies to everybody for the switch in time, but as everybody knows with the loss of our colleague senator inouye, the course of events yesterday was uncertain, and it has been decided that his remains will be brought here at about 10:00. everybody thought that it would be inappropriate for us to be simply having but during and to prevent senators from being able to attend. all of us would like to attend that. we will try to pack this into the period of time we have between now and then. in addition, obviously with the switch in time, some colleagues have not gotten here. i do want to share some thoughts about senator lugar and senator webb and senator demint who are leaving the committee. i think i will wait until some more of our colleagues are here to share those thoughts. i want to thank everybody for joining us this morning. as everybody is aware, secretary clinton is recovering from a serious virus and concussion, and given her
it to our colleagues who lost their lives in benghazi. we owe it to the security professionals who acted with such extraordinary heroism that awful night to try to protect them, and we owe it to thousands of our colleagues serving america with a great dedication every day in diplomatic posts around the world. >> brown: spending versus saving: amid the last-minute holiday rush, paul solman weighs the economic benefits. >> holiday season grand central terminal and a key question: is consumerism kind of a bad thing that's overdone this time of year? or is it the key driving economic and moral force in our society? >> suarez: and we close with another in our series of interviews with newly elected congressional members. tonight, north dakota's senator- elect, democrat heidi heitkamp. >> brown: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial l
the aftermath of the september 11th attack in benghazi. in the letter ambassador rice also expresses her gratitude for the president's confidence and support and assures that she will remain as ambassador at the unions. let's get to our panel. with me in new york is jonathan alter, who is with bloomberg view, and professor michael eric die sorn ayson and ari melber w nation." >> i think this is the sad resolution of what amounted to a right wing witch hunt against ambassador susan rice. i think, first of all, wrongly laying responsibility for the fiasco at her feet. secondly, when facts subsequently came out to suggest that she was marrily repeated what she had been told in terms of intelligence, they were still unrelenting, and then thirdly what this does is displace a highly qualified person for secretary of state from the obama administration who happens to be a person of color and a woman. a rhodes scholar, a doctoral recipient from oxford university, an extraordinary broad career at the state department so to speak in terms of foreign relations and the like. this is a
was that these meetings did not go well. benghazi was a serious issue. we can debate whether or not susan rice should be blamed for it. but she was front and center. and i think the administration has handled this terribly. they have put her out there as though she's going to be a nominee but they haven't nominated her. john carney is being asked questions about her. now she's under the media onslaught for her investments. companies in iran. investments in canada. she gets all of the downside of being a nominee without any of the infrastructure and support for her. >> we can talk about that and debate that. but what i believe, i think what she did was entirely appropriate. she was given a set of talking points, to the best of our knowledge the white house used one world. she went out there and did it. now she's being torn apart for it. it's as if, when george was interviewing tim geithner was supposed to have gone and add up the numbers for their budget and make sure it was right. >> if she was a nominee there would be a whole infrastructure to support her. >> right. >> none of that is the case. >> i
. but from benghazi to ben affleck. that just happened. >> well done. >> that transition just happened. benghazi to ben affleck, also one of barbara's most interesting or fascinating people. i object. i object because if you are one of the most overexposed celebrities on the planet, i don't think you can still be fascinating. he was fascinating maybe in 1999 when we didn't know literally everything about this man. but even though he has gone through some metamorphosis, he has gray hair, a father, he is old, gray hair, he is choosing good roles finally, i don't find him fascinating. >> i was bored by him more than a decade, he was like the quint essential guy famous for being famous, what he basically informs the 2000, the us aughts. i saw "a go," i saw it a few weeks ago, stuck with me. i'm fascinated how a guy could be that boring for so long and then suddenly become interested. >> but you're -- you're talk bag previous ben affleck a guy of "goodwill hunting" cannot be famous for being famous. >>> immigration could be the political issue of 2013. have pulitzer prize-winning journalist
that the state department suffered from systemic failures in its response to the threat in benghazi. and it says, insufficient security was present on the ground. the report also looks into the military response to the attack which killed our ambassador and three other americans. defense secretary leon panetta now saying it was clearly a terrorist attack despite early reports blaming it on a protest that got out of hand. >> as always with these kinds of situations there is a mix here but clearly with regards to one of the facilities involved, a direct attack on that facility. i think that there's no question that extremists were involved in those attacks and i think that, you know, we were able to try to respond as best we could at the time. bill: chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge on the story from the beginning. what does the report conclude, catherine? >> reporter: thai, bill, good morning. it is a scathing report. there are 29 recommendations, five of which are classified. all of which have been accepted by the secretary of state hillary clinton. this report concludes that t
rice has been caught up in this drama over the benghazi conflict and the deaths of americans in the assault on the u.s. consulate there. while susan rice was not responsible for security of the consulate, she did go on sunday shows and talk about the u.s. response there and she has been accused of deliberately mischaracterizing what happened. all sides -- or the white house has adamantly insisted and she has insisted that she in no way deliberately mischaracterized what happened. she was reading from unclassified talking points and nonetheless this has been caught up in a back and forth and, wolf, if i may, i'm going to read from part of her statement, her letter to the president and what she wrote in part, i am now convinced that the confirmation process will be lengthy, disruptive, and costly to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. that tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country. the secretary of state may never be politicized. she says, i look forward to building on progress in your second term which seems to leave the door open to the po
republicans over statements rice made following the attacks in benghazi, libya. it shows after the tragedy saying the attacks began as protests. that were then hijacked by extremists. that's what the cia believed and told her in a briefing given to her that very day. yet, john mccain and others launched a campaign to smear her and block her for moving to the state department. president obama defended rice on numerous occasions, but accepted her decision today with regrelt. just a short time ago, she explained her decision to nbc's brian williams. >> today, i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country, for the american people, that i not be considered for nomination for secretary of state. i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized. very distracting and very disruptive. there are so many things we need to get done as a country. and the first several months of a second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the the crucial thing done. job creation. that's what matters. and to the extent that my nomination could ha
. >>> finally, some real answers about the benghazi attack that killed four americans. we now know more than reason for the grossly inadequate security. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." we begin with president obama's call to action against what he calls the national epidemic of gun violence amid the trauma over the newtown school massacre, he has put vice president biden in charge of the agenda that could be submitted to congress next month. and a growing number of americans want action from the government. a brand new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just t
and ultimately incorrect explanation of the circumstances surrounding the attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi, in libya, that resulted to the death of four americans including the u.s. ambassador. >> bottom line -- i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time, and in hindsight clearly was completely wrong. but here's the key -- in real time it was a statement disconnected from reality. gwen: back to our original question, gloria, which we asked about the fiscal cliff, which is, how much of this is about policy, how much of it is about politics? >> again, i'd have to give you the same answer. i think it's about policy partly, clearly on the part of lindsay graham and john mccain. but a lot of it is about politics. they didn't get the chance that i think that a lot of them wanted to during the campaign, because mitt romney actually did not lead the charge on benghazi. john mccain led the charge on benghazi. and they have a sense -- there's no
about what happened in benghazi, pick on me. ok. he is the one who was responsible. what was told of the added states -- was told to the united states on that day was a fable. it began with the demonstration, it got out of hand, there was a right, people ended up dead except there was no demonstration at all -- wait a minute -- it was known by the fbi three days after the benghazi attack and two days before susan rice went on tv. the fbi spoke to the people in the embassy they brought back to germany and they all said no demonstrations. what we have is a falsehood that this administration has yet to explain. >> she was working off talking points handed to her, and said if information it continues to be evaluated. that was part of the talking points as well. >> the libyan spokesman preceded her and contradicted the talking points. she chose not to address that for whatever reason. my question goes back to where is the conspiracy, where is the cover-up? where is the scandal? was the benghazi office inadequately secured? absolutely. decisions made at people have to be held accountabl
in libya. the panel investigated a series of tax at the u.s. mission in benghazi and september, including one this killed the ambassador and three members of the staff. it was not on the panel's list of recommendations. >> the september 11 attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. four americans, including the ambassador to libya, were killed. an investigation concluded systemic operational failures at the u.s. state department helped make the attack possible. investigators found a security was grossly lacking, leaving the consulate's vulnerable to attack. but they confirmed the obama administration bicycling that it had had no intelligence predicting any attack was imminent. the report also blamed the new libyan government for its profoundly lacking response to the attack. the panel's chairman and vice chairman will brief members of congress behind closed doors wednesday. in a letter submitted to members of congress, secretary hillary clinton accepted the report piece of criticism and took responsibility for them. it is not the first time clinton has done so, but it not -- may not mollif
of the benghazi report which slams the state department for failures at high levels, congressional hearings get underway to unravel the murky details surrounding the deadly terror attack on our consulate. >> i want to first start by apologizing to the deputy-secretaries because you have been brought here as an ruse. >> jon: but the probe turned into a political face-off. some ignored the issues. are the media following their lead? >> shortly after 9:30 this morning, newtown police department received a call for help at the sandy hook elementary school. >> jon: a heart breaking tragedy unfolds in newtown, connecticut. 20 elementary school children and six adults gunned down in their school. the media providing wall to wall coverage and then the focus changes. >> it's so unbelievable and it only happens in america. >> jon: is this the time for liberals and their media lap dogs wto push the agenda against guns? time magazine names its man of the year and guess what? it's barack obama. are you surprised? on the panel this week, writer and fox news contributor, judy miller. richard grenle, who serve
following the benghazi tragedy today ambassador rice withdrew her name from consideration to be nominated for secretary of state. in an interview with brian williams, rice pointed to the distraction the republican attacks have caused. >> today i made the decision that it was the best thing for our country for the american people that i not continue to be considered by the president for nomination as secretary of state because i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged very politicized, very distracting and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done, as a country. and the first several months of the second term president's agenda is really the opportunity to get the crucial things done. we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform balanced deficit reduction, job creation, that's what matters and to the extent that my nomination could have delayed or distracted or deflected or made even some of the priorities impossible to achieve, i didn't want that and
. tonight, more fallout from the attack in benghazi. u.n. ambassador susan rice is out as the next secretary of state. so who will replace hillary clinton? and a former united states marine locked up in mexico. >> right when he crossed the border. still, the mexican police put him behind bars for carrying a gun and they have left him locked up for months. >> he is tough. somebody is making extortion demands and that say it's time to bring their son home. software mogul john mcafee on the run from the law now back in the united states and as usual he has plenty to say. >> i don't think anybody thinks i murdered my neighbor, except you, the press. >> i have tons of evidence about the corruption, the harassment. if you ever ever tasted guatemala jail food it's not very nice and i would like some sushi. >> harris: after that whole heart attack thing yeah, mcafee has a confession about that. >> the plot against hot star justin bieber. word of a plan that involves kidnapping. multiple murder and castration by shears. >> racing a horse. wait until you see how it ended. i'm harris faulkner in tonigh
that the political traction they could not get before the election in attacking the president for the benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking susan rice for the benghazi attack. they attacked her specifically for going on sunday morning talk shows after the attack and delivering the administration's talking points about what was believed to have happened there. it later emerged that those talking points were exactly what the intelligence agencies told the administration they should say about the attack. senator mccain described that as the worst cover-up he had ever seen in his life. he said it was worse than watergate. he said that that susan rice, she's not very bright. actually used that phrase about her, "not very bright." part of the reason susan rice became such a high-profile potential nominee was because of that criticism from republican senators. more than that, it ended up becoming a very high-profile potential nomination because of the president's response to that republican criticism. >> let me say specifically about susan rice, she has done exemplar
.s. consulate in benghazi, four americans were killed. an investigation has concluded that operational failures at the state department helped make the attack a possiblpossible. >> the state department had not given benghazi the security, both physical and personal resources, if needed. click the review upheld the insistence that the administration had no intelligence predicting an imminent attack. the investigation found several officials at fault. >> we did conclude that certain state department officials and critical positions of authority demonstrated a lack of leadership and management ability appropriate for senior ranks. >> the report also blamed the libyan government for a lacking response to the attack. secretary of state hillary clinton accepted the report and the findings and it took responsibility for them. >> the pentagon agreed to dispatch hundreds of additional marines to coast around the world. -- to posts around the world. >> republicans charge that despite those conclusions, the officials were guilty of an intentional effort to mislead the american public, forcing the u.s. amb
? with democratic senator mark warner and kelli ayote. benghazi and obama's second term. with montana governor brian schweitzer, and former hewlett-packard ceo carly fiorina. and susan page of usa today. i am candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." republicans call the fiscal cliff plan a joke, an insult and break from reality. suffice it to say, it is unacceptable to them. the president's opening round offer includes $1.6 trillion in new taxes, $400 billion in savings from medicare and other entitlement programs, $50 billion in new stimulus spending, and an additional $285 billion to fund depreciation and mortgage programs, unemployment insurance benefits, and payroll tax cuts. >> this extra spending, that's actually greater than the amount they're willing to cut. i mean, it's -- it was not a serious proposal. >> while his aides were on capitol hill offering up the opening bid, the president was making his case in pennsylvania campaign style. >> at the end of the day a clear majority of americans, democrats, republicans, independents, they agreed with a balanced approach. deficit reduction
of months by virtue of them benghazi situation. she is extremely well qualified. the president knows that. he is not iffing to be forced into a decision by virtue of the chatter that's out there in the street and the politics, and i think he is going about it in a deliberate way. there are a lot of other issues also going on that he deals with on a daily basis that are very real-time, and you also have the fiscal cliff problem. he i don't feel has the secretary of state who has said she will stay in in national hockey league a replacement is there. it is normal to get that done right before the inauguration. he has a lot of team because both of these people's, senator kerry or ambassador rice, are fully vetted. they've been around for a while. people know them. they know the sort of things they've said and the records pretty clear and public, so either one of them can move pretty quickly through the process because they both have been vetted and been so high profile and public over a long period of time. >> is -- you don't think that she's been damaged by people -- by all of these hits sh
a case again her in relates to benghazi before the election because susan rice after the incident happened, that the murder of ambassador stevens went on the sunday morning talk shows and said that the demonstrations were related to the islamic video that some kid in california made. and what they want to know is why susan rice, u.n. ambassador, was sent out there and why she was sticking with the story that was crumbling almost as she was saying it. >> paul: the intelligence talking points and not trying to be dishonest. >> two points, they want to know whether the administration was politicizing or trying to protect the president from an ugly event in libya just before the election, and second, the more serious policy issue is what exactly was the administration, the white house and the state department, doing during that period when this big fire fight was taking place in benghazi? and i think the white house has been trying to sweep this issue away in the wake of the election and i think these senators are entitled to keep pressing toind out what happened then. >> paul: so, su
coming up who pushed the video? why did obama blame benghazi in a video with no evidence at all. i keep asking it, too. i do it for people like navy seal courtly. here is him on "fox and friends." >> i lost good mud buddies and teammates in benghazi. i want to thank fox news for keeping it on the radar. >> you want us to keep the investigation alive? >> absolutely. i know what they did. i did the job. they earned the total truth. >> i appreciate that. a lot of people are fighting that fight. >> if only the press gave a damn. but they don't know people like him. they know people like costas. don't expect halftime rapt on benghazi from him. we have zero dark 30, the movie, the critic laud for it lauds obama. will we get a obama film? maybe if they make president bush president again. we can't blame susan rice because she is black. insidious racism perpetrated by white lib who see skin color instead of achievement. go after clapper. a white male, no one cares about him. will that satisfy chris ma chews? they no longer speak truth to power. only thing is the what they spring from, a clown c
they still do not have. have. martha: a fox news alert to capitol hill. a classified briefing on benghazi is code you would -- scheduled to get underway right now. a members only meeting in the house with the country's top intelligence officer at the helm at that. a brand new hour in "america's newsroom." we're glad to the have you with us on this wednesday. i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer. james clapper and officials from other agencies meeting with these law makers after increasing pressure out of congress for answers and nearly three months after the four americans were murdered. martha: we're joined by chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge. she joins us live from capitol hill. what do we hope to learn today, catherine? >> reporter: good morning. last time we had a briefing on the hill for all the members of the house was the first week of september right after the attack or rather the second week of september and today we also expect all the major players including the nation's top intelligence officer, james clapper, the director of national intelligence, th
as secretary of state. many questions remain on the response to terror attacks in benghazi. some wonder whether or not we'll learn the truth. good morning, everybody. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom." we have our nice little "elf" here today. >> i'm alisyn camerota in for martha today. she wants to avoid a vote, length i, disruptive and costly confirmation process. critics say regardless of ryce's decision the investigation into benghazi will continue. here is lindsey graham on that. >> i hold her accountable and responsible for misleading the american people. failures on the intelligence community. there is fog of war component. i think she was chosen for a reason bill: still more on that statement now with buy on york, chief political correspondent for the "washington examiner". good morning to you. so many questions remain. first off why did they make this move now? >> because time was running out and the administration, i think, hoped that opposition among republicans in the senate to rice would diminish but it didn't. the thing that really killed it, they understood, john m
criticized republicans for attacking rice over her initial explanation for the benghazi consulate attack and in a written statement yesterday he said, quote, while i deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on susan rise in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character. rice told nbc's brian williams, she didn't want to be a distraction. >> i didn't want to see a confirmation process that was very prolonged, very politicized, very distracting, and very disruptive because there are so many things we need to get done as a country. >> reporter: meanwhile south carolina republican senator lindsey graham says he still believes rice misled the public and he won't give up his attempt to find out why, jenna. jenna: there were many rumors she would be nominated for the secretary of state position, wendell, it is important to remind our viewers she never was. >> reporter: no. jenna: we're still wondering who will be nominated. what names are you hearing? >> reporter: by all accounts john kerry is now the frontrunner, probablyly without any fight from the senate colle
. >> reporter: your reaction to the benghazi report? >> sean: joining me with reaction, fox news contributor and syndicated columnist, charles krauthammer. merry christmas to you. >> pleasure to be here, you too. >> sean: this is devastating. media -- they buried this on page 11 in today's edition of the washington post. it seems to me, it deserves far better attention and would be gettingerring more attention if this were a republican president. your thoughts? >> there is no doubt about that. as you know, if the sun rises in the east, you know, if any of this had occurred on the previous president's watch, they would have been all over the place. but the new york times had it on the front page because it's a little bit hard to ignore. you have to have pretty extreme to put it on page 11. but it's very scathing. but there is something about this, it's scathing, but it is nonspecific. it basically spreads around the blame, without naming names. so we get these deputy secretaries who resigned. but the questions we still don't know and we won't know until we hear the testimony from the secretar
to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> does this mean we get susan rice back? i know, i know, it's a done deal. we are told that the president is picking john kerry to be secretary of state after hillary clinton. but if this was supposedly the reason that susan rice could not be considered for that job as well, this is out now, and it says in a fair world, we would get susan rice back in contention. this is the report of the independent accountability review board that was authorized by law as part of the response to the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, the attack that killed a serving u.s. ambassador for the first time since the 1970s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in an armed assault by a militant group on a u.s. facility that was in an area known for its armed militant groups. the attack was concurrent with worldwide protests at u.s. facilities throughout the muslim world against a cartoonish anti-islam video that had been posted
attack in benghazi, libya. the topic playing in discussions during capitol hill during a series of meters and susan rice leading up to her possible nomination to be secretary of state. catherine herridge is reporting from washington. >> including the benghazi consulate a report in 2009 recommended physical barriers like this one. at a closed hearing before the senate committee, witnesses testified that those changes were never made in benghazi. >> it was really disconcerting and upsetting to see how easily the terrorists broke through the gates and basically just walked in. >> the committee's ranking republican also questions the striking similarities between the bombings in east africa which killed 12 americans. in 1998 susan rice was 33 years old. >> the ambassador to kenya sent repeated messages to the state department requesting a stronger facility because of the increased threat. those requests as in the case of benghazi were turned down by the state department. >> reporter: some analysts say it's beyond the benghazi controversy. as part of clinton administration, they turned down fr
comments five days after the attack on the outpost in benghazi. the attack killed the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens and three other americans. intelligence officials say they gave ambassador rice the talking points she used on the sunday shows and they took out the references to al qaeda. the "wall street journal," which our parent company owns, reports more than two dozen agencies helped edit those talking points. officials tell the journal the cia made the call to remove the al qaeda references. why? to protect intelligence sources. according to the reporting of the journal, the fbi agreed with that decision but some state department officials said it made the talking points too vegas. now fox news has learned the director of national intelligence plans to give a classified briefing on benghazi tomorrow for the entire house of representatives. for the rest of the story, catherine herridge with us from washington now. catherine? >> shepard, tomorrow on capitol hill, a second round of closed classified briefings for all the members of the house of representatives, nation's to
of the september 11 attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi, libya, that killed ambassador chris stephens and three others. five days after that attack, rice appeared on "face the nation"." >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude this was premeditate or preplanned. >> reporter: republicans, led by john mccain, charged that the administration already knew that it was a planned terrorist attack. >> it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> reporter: in november, rice testified behind closed doors on capitol hill, but her critices, like senator lindsey graham, were unrelenting. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that 16th september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya. ambassador rice, i think does not do justice to the reality at the time, and, in hindsight, clearly was completely wrong. >> reporter: last month, the president defended rice with a rare flash of public anger. >> when they go after the u.n. ambassador, apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a
from susan rice's withdrawal from contention after that uproar over her comments on benghazi. joining us now one of the leading critics of the administration's response to benghazi, republican congressman jason chaffitz. i know the senate is the confirming body, not you, but does this end the controversy over benghazi, or does that continue and need to be investigated? that, the panel having spoken, and hillary clinton having promised to follow-up. sfoo no, there's still a long ways to go to get to the bottom of benghazi, and making sure it never ever happens again. i'm sure that senator kerry will be easily confirmed from the senate. i think he is a good and decent person. i probably disagree with him on most every issue, but many terms of being a good person, i'm sure he will be confirmed, but we have as to go on benghazi. >> your committees have said you want to hear from hillary clinton? >> absolutely. she was the person in charge. we have four dead americans. we have -- think about it. in a 60-day period a group said there are more than two dozen systemic failures. they offered 6
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